“You learn faster, and more, from your failures – so don’t treat them as failures, treat them as lessons!”
Dr Anna Paradowska works a scientist but by heart and education she is an engineer. She has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Monash University (2008) and a MSc degree in Materials Science Engineering from Wroclaw University of Technology (2001), Poland. She works as Senior Research Scientist and Industrial Liaison Manager (since 2014) at the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering at ANSTO. Prior to this appointment, she was working on the neutron strain scanner Engin-X near Oxford, UK (2007-11) and KOWARI at ANSTO (2011-14).
Dr Paradowska’s goal is to support Australian and global industry through building long term collaboration and partnerships with universities, research organisations and businesses. She has a critical role in championing ANSTO facilities for science collaborations with industry. She successfully developed the Industrial Liaison Office not only through utilising her national and international research connections, but also using social platforms. Anna is international expert in neutron diffraction stress analysis, which she uses for advance manufacturing procedures, in particular, in additive manufacturing and welding.
Anna has published over 150 articles in journals and conference proceedings. She has won several grants and publication awards both in Australia and overseas. She actively serves on several national and international advising and reviewing committees. Anna is Deputy Chair of National Committee of Applied Mechanics – Engineers, Australia. She is Vice-President of Women in Nuclear (WiN), Australian Chapter and represents Australia on the International Board of WiN Global. She has been mentoring several PhD students, as well as undergraduate women students via the AINSE Leadership and Entrepreneurship Program.
Anna is a passionate advocate for women in STEMM, and actively promotes the value of research and collaboration to the community at every opportunity. At home Anna is a wife, and she is also mum to two girls. She is trying to work out how to have a successful career as well as satisfactory and meaningful life besides work. Anna loves spending time with her family, as well as travelling and discovering new places.
What is your strongest attribute?
I don’t have a superpower, I am a good combination of the “3Ds”- I am driven, very determined and constantly developing.
What is the one piece of advice you would give to women just starting their careers in STEMM?
Learn, listen and work hard on paving “your way”- however, make sure to plant the roses and enjoy their smell on “your way” to the top.
What have you learnt during your career to increase your resilience?
You learn faster, and more, from your failures – so don’t treat them as failures, treat them as lessons! If things don’t go according to plan, that’s life. You are not always going win but you always can learn from an experience! My mantra is “reflect, regroup and try again.”
What is the most important advice you have ever been given?
I agree with Marc Anthony “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life”.
If you could give one piece of advice to the current government what would it be?
Compulsory maths in high school, with a proper campaign that support students, teachers and parents. We need to promote that maths is not just about numbers – is about critical thinking, creativity and innovation – this set of vital skills will prepared our children for life, not only for a career in STEMM.
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